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avatar James M. Dorsey
Dr. James M. Dorsey, a non-resident Senior Associate at the BESA Center, is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture.

ARTICLES BY: James M. Dorsey

November 20, 2018 8:22 am

Pakistan and Its Militants: Who Is Mainstreaming Whom?

Pakistani militants of various stripes collectively won just under 10 percent of the vote in the July 2018 parliamentary elections. Some represented longstanding legal Islamist...

November 13, 2018 10:47 am

The Fragility of Middle East Alliances

Three recent developments lay bare the fragility of Middle Eastern alliances and a re-balancing of their priorities: the Russian-Turkish compromise on an assault on the rebel-held...

November 5, 2018 10:33 am

Mohammed bin Salman: For Better or for Worse?

Saudi King Salman’s announcement that Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been put in charge of reorganizing Saudi intelligence -- at the same time that the kingdom admitted...

October 24, 2018 9:36 am

What the Khashoggi Murder Means for the Middle East

The death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the premises of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul threatens to upend the fault lines across the Middle...

September 3, 2018 2:10 pm

Regional Players Maneuver to Reconfigure the Israeli-Palestinian Landscape

A possible ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, may be about more than ending the ongoing, escalating violence that...

August 27, 2018 8:46 am

Trying to Deflect Dissent, Iran Warns of Foreign Meddling

Iran has raised the specter of a US-Saudi effort to destabilize the country by exploiting economic grievances against the backdrop of circumstantial evidence that Washington...

August 23, 2018 7:48 am

Amid Chinese and Russian Recalcitrance, Can the US Make Iran Sanctions Stick?

Iranian leaders have said that the future of the nuclear agreement (the JCPOA) in the wake of the US withdrawal will depend on the ability of...

August 6, 2018 4:36 pm

Talking to Rouhani: Is Trump Shooting from the Hip, or Reading From a Script?

Donald Trump’s announcement that he is willing to meet unconditionally with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took many by surprise. It threatened to reinforce the impression,...

July 24, 2018 12:20 pm

Russian Hacking in the US — and the Middle East

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents provided details on the website DCLeaks, which was allegedly registered by Russian intelligence officers....

July 11, 2018 1:33 pm

Saudi Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem from Jordan signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi...

June 25, 2018 1:25 pm

The Moroccan Protests: A New Model After the Arab Spring?

Mounting anger and discontent is simmering across the Arab world, much as it did in the run-up to the 2011 Arab Spring popular revolts that...

June 14, 2018 8:49 am

The 2018 World Cup Could Become the Middle East’s Latest Battlefield

The simultaneous presence in Russia of the Saudi and Iranian teams for the 2018 World Cup is likely to shine a spotlight on the covert...

June 7, 2018 9:49 am

Protests in Jordan: Revisiting the Arab Spring

The recent protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis have shed new light on the root...

May 24, 2018 4:21 pm

China Is Treading a Fine Line in Iran

Now that Donald Trump has exited the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, there is more at stake for the other signatories than either their...


Public Charter Schools Put Benefits of Teaching Hebrew to the Test - Now in its ninth year, the Hebrew Public network of 13...

Hungarian Jews Examine Long-Lost Identity, and a JCC Is There to Help Them - Many Jews in Hungary are discovering their roots for the first...

IDF Enlistment Officer Has ‘Moving Encounters’ with North American Jewish Youths - “That was a real wow for me,” said Lt.-Col. Tzachi Revivo,...


French Interior Minister: ‘Government Fully Mobilized to Fight Against Al... - "The government is fully mobilized to fight against all forms of antisemitic hatred and ensure the safety of...


Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Orders Muslim Who Sold Land to Jews be Buried In Jewi... - Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Aryeh Stern authorized the burial of a Muslim inside Jerusalem’s Har HaMenuchot Jewish cemetery...

Middle East

Humanitarian Body: More Than 80,000 Yemeni Children May Have Died From Hung...

An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger in Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in...